As of 4 p.m., approximately 8,700 North Georgia Electric Membership Corp. members are still without power after extremely high winds hit the area last night. The majority of outages are in Whitfield, Murray, Walker and Catoosa counties, with scattered outages in Chattooga, Gordon and Floyd counties.
“The outages are widely scattered, and crews are working to restore power to small groups or individuals,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of Operations and Engineering. “This makes the restoration effort challenging and time intensive. While we anticipate restoring power to many customers by tomorrow evening, some locations may remain without power until Sunday morning."
Due to the high temperatures, NGEMC continues to encourage people to consider temporarily relocating until power has been restored. We are working to restore your power as quickly and safely as possible. We thank you for your patience.
Crews have continued to work since the on-set of the storm and will remain on duty until all power is restored. NGEMC is being assisted in restoration efforts by 14 crews from other utilities. Tree-trimming crews are also assisting in areas where fallen trees are blocking access.
Outages have been caused by numerous damaged poles spread over a wide area and lines in rural locations that are hard to reach. Trees across large spans of power line also affect restoration efforts. Please stay away from downed lines and report them immediately to North Georgia EMC, your local power company or call 911.
To report outages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices to reach our 24-hour dispatch. During widespread outages, phone lines may be unavailable due to extremely high call volume. We will continue to post updates at www.ngemc.com and on Facebook.
Office phone numbers:
Dalton – (706) 259-3394; Calhoun – (706) 629-3160; Fort Oglethorpe – (706) 866-2231; Trion - (706) 734-7341
NGEMC serves more than 98,000 customers in portions of Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield counties.